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Week 3


Roundtable Discussions

Applying HD Theories to SW


Roundtable Discussion

Roundtable Discussion

Session 3

Session 2

Contextualize your topic

Roundtable Discussion

Session 1


Final thoughts


  • Review your assigned case study highlights.
  • Plan your main points of conversation.
    • Assessment of the situation (theory/perspective)
    • Identify conflicts
    • Develop evaluation with solutions
  • Consider other possible perspectives
  • Prepare to discuss with your peers

Check Canvas Groups for your Roundtable assignment!

Instructions (Duration: 30 minutes)

Roundtable Discussion

The Case of The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)

Session 1 (Duration: 15 minutes)

Roundtable Discussion

  • How would the tenets of feminist theory apply to both Sarah and Alan’s situations?
  • Explain how a social worker who used the feminist theoretical lens could begin to help Sarah and Alan regain a sense of control over their lives.
  • How might a social worker working with clients at RAINN who are from diverse cultural groups integrate cultural perspectives into his/her work with survivors?

The Case of Carla Washburn

Session 2 (Duration: 15 minutes)

Roundtable Discussion

  • What elements presented in Exhibit 4.2 might be important to consider in Ms. Washburn’s case and why?
  • In what ways might Ms. Washburn’s culture be an asset/strength on which she can draw to address the challenges she faces? In what ways might Ms. Washburn’s culture pose barriers to her pursuit of solutions?

The Case of Riverton

Session 3 (Duration: 15 minutes)

Roundtable Discussion

  • How would a social worker considering Riverton view the alcohol use of some residents through a lens of functionalism? How is this behavior best understood in context? What about the response of residents who are witnessing the alcohol use?
  • How would the tensions in Riverton be viewed differently by a social worker relying on conflict theory, than by one informed by symbolic interaction theory? What are the likely advantages and limitations of each of these approaches?

Share your thoughts in the chat!


One takeaway from today's roundtable discussions


One question you want to follow up on


One thing you want to learn more about


Think about today's activities and consider the following:


- The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not."

Rogers, A. T. (2022). Human behavior in the social environment: Perspectives on development and the life course (6th ed.). Routledge. Chapter 4.


(Always use APA format!)